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Transition Des Moines hosts program on energy and climate August 24 at 7 p.m.

posted Aug 24, 2011, 10:02 AM by Rob Hogg

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August 22, 2001

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State Senator Rob Hogg, (319) 538-2247

SPEAKERS ADDRESS COMMUNITY ENERGY TRANSITION PLANS TO OVERCOME HIGH GAS PRICES AND CLIMATE CHANGE; DUBUQUE LEADS THE WAY WITH PLAN TO CUT CARBON EMISSIONS BY 50% BY 2030

DES MOINES - State Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids and Raki Giannakourus of Green Dubuque will be speak Wednesday night, August 24, at 7 p.m. at the Windsor Heights Community Center in Colby Park, 6900 School Street, on how communities can overcome high gas prices and climate change by implementing community energy transition plans.

"Our economy is being hurt by billions of dollars in disaster damage and billions of dollars leaving America every week to purchase foreign oil," Hogg said.  "Our economic and environmental future depend on being able to wean ourselves from fossil fuels and embrace a clean energy future based on energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy."

"Dubuque is leading the way with practical solutions that reduce our fossil fuel use and cut carbon emissions," said Giannakourus, one of the co-authors of the City of Dubuque's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030.  "In addition to energy efficiency, we are adopting complete-streets land use policies, recapturing methane from our landfill, and converting our sewer treatment plant to anaerobic digestion to generate renewable energy."

Hogg and Giannakourus are part of Iowa Climate Advocates, a group of Iowans working to educate the public about the dangers of climate change, advocating for action at all levels to slow, stop, and reverse the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and advocating for action that will safeguard people and their property from the effects of climate change.  They will provide specific suggestions for reducing our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels and reducing greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change.

Their presentation is being sponsored by Transition Des Moines.  It is free and open to the public.
 
They will also be presenting on Tuesday, September 6, at 7 p.m., at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
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